RESIDENTS in the borough were today counting the cost of the devastation caused by yesterday’s floods.
People living in properties in Brantwood Avenue in Monkseaton, were today preparing to move out of their homes while repair work begins.
Torrential rain hit the borough yesterday afternoon from about 4pm, causing chaos for motorists as roads were closed due to flooding, and people were forced to abandon their cars.
Martin McGregor’s Brantwood Avenue home now bares the wounds of yesterday’s storm – when the house flooded it left behind a two foot high tide mark on the wall.
He said: “Everyone has pulled together, and they have all tried to cheer each other up.
“The council staff have been really phenomenal, they came straight away to help people in the street.
“Obviously we are devastated as we will be out of the house for a while now, but the main thing is that we are safe.
“What we have lost is material things, but it is still very, very upsetting.”
Residents are blaming the collapse of the embankment at West Monkseaton Metro Station for the damage.
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “It was heart breaking. We work all our lives to buy a house and maintain it then something like this happens and it just devastates everything.
“I was pleased that the council and our partners were able to help in every way.
“The Primary Care Trust last night assisted the council be ensuring that people had medication and accommodation was available to those who needed to be immediately removed from their homes and it is really heart wrenching to see people in their 80s and 90s absolutely shocked by it and it is really upsetting and disturbing.”